7 tips for procrastinating taxpayers before the deadline

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Additionally, a late payment penalty may be charged if you do not pay at least 90% of the taxes you owed in the prior year by the regular due date, she said.

April 18 is the tax deadline for 2017, but what if it's April 17 and you still need more time?

The last date for tax filing for your state is the same as the federal deadline: April 18. The IRS automatically provides extensions to anyone living in these areas so there's no reason for these residents to contact the IRS to request an extension.

But to claim those 2013 refunds, the IRS says you must file by today. For more information, visit the H&R Block Newsroom. He also breaks down an important timeline for those looking to file an extension, and how you can use one for your personal life and for your business.

Combat zone extensions give affected taxpayers more time for a variety of other tax-related actions, including contributing to an IRA. Details, including examples illustrating how these extensions are calculated, can be found in the Extensions of Deadlines section in Publication 3.

Beginning in 2014, the federal health law required nearly all Americans to have health insurance or pay a tax penalty - a mandate for individuals that Republicans in Congress and President Donald Trump vowed to eliminate, but haven't yet done so. Special filing deadline rules apply to members of the military serving in combat zones, those living outside the US and those living in declared disaster areas. Be sure to attach a statement to the return explaining which of these situations applies.

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State-level data for 2015 is not yet available, but an IRS report shows that Minnesota taxpayers for 2014 filed 94,440 returns with more than $19 million worth of individual shared responsibility payments. Treasury will work with taxpayers who can not pay the full amount of tax they owe.

An easy way to get the extra time to file is through the Free File link on IRS.gov.

There are a variety of reasons people might need to file an extension, whether they don't have all their sources of income and expenses identified or they need assistance, Tim Speiss, partner at EisnerAmper Wealth Planning LLC, told FOX Business. To get the extension, taxpayers must estimate their tax liability on this form and pay any amount due.

If a taxpayer can't pay their balance due all at once, they can request a short-term extension to pay, make an installment agreement or even pay with a credit card. There is no need to file a separate Form 4868 extension request when making an electronic payment and indicating it is for an extension.

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